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[Susan notes: I'd bet a whole lot that New York Times editorialists will never draw this parallel with unnecessary medical tests.

NOTE: even though my computer insists this WAS published; it was not.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Kudos on your editorial, Do You Need That Test?" (April 9, 2012) quoting experts that patients don't need all the expensive medical tests they currently take for granted. Next, I hope you will quote education experts on the plethora of unnecessary standardized tests currently inflicted on the nation's schoolchildren. Like the medical tests you mention, this excessive testing of students has no proven benefit and often causes more harm than good. Eliminating these tests is a way for schools to save money in these tight economic times.

Susan Ohanian

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